Employment and work environment
Even though overall unemployment levels in Norway have gone down for both the ethnic Norwegian population and among minority groups over the last few years, the ratio of unemployed minorities to unemployed Norwegians has not changed. Many working-age women with minority backgrounds struggle with one or more poorly paid part-time jobs, poor working conditions and short term contracts. A large number of them are not able to get jobs at all, even though they are qualified both academically and in terms of experience.
Minority women are overrepresented in so-called “low status jobs” such as cleaning and caring professions in the health and social sectors. More recently the number of women who are employed as household help, especially under the guise of an au-pair, has increased.
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